Exhibitions & Events
Meatball in Repose
Who knew Mary Poppins was around in the Renaissance? Or that ancient tombs can magically turn into aquariums filled with crabs and cows? The world is full of surprises, and some of them are now on display right here on Woodward Avenue.
Starting in August 2018, a selection of our animated classical paintings is lighting up a window of the beautiful Whitney Building. As part of the “Random Acts of Culture” series organized by CultureSource, our exhibition is designed to intrigue and inspire pedestrians in downtown Detroit. Projected on monitors inside ornamental picture frames, the images at first seem like familiar paintings. But a closer look reveals that the artworks are alive. From floating fish and a moving toy train to mythical apparitions, each painting reveals a hidden meaning ¬- which may or may not come in the form of a meatball. Look closely and you’re sure to find something unexpected in each scene.
This project was made possible through CultureSource with the generous support of the Quicken Loans Community Fund and David Whitney Building. It’s on view 24 hours a day at least through the end of September.
Concept and animations: Bryan Parcival
Additional animations: John Valeriani, Dylan Hayes
Production: Tom Kirsch, Julia Solis, Christos Pathiakis, Ryan Carmichael, Kim Couchot
Somewhere between flora and fauna, deep-sea darkness and blistering daylight roam the creatures of Kevin Evans like alien cave paintings come to slithering life. An artist based in San Francisco, Evans has been exploring the nether realms of his imagination for many years to create intricate and wondrous works for various publications and shows. We have asked him here to share a portrait gallery of his curious aberrations - a series he calls his Chimeras.
Navigating the Invisible: Phantom Islands
Join us in our hunt for marine apparitions through history and close to home.
Join us for the next round of short animated films on our lawn! Our annual series of summer screenings continues on Sunday, August 5 with strange marvels from all over the world. This is a free outdoor screening, bring a blanket or chair! We'll be there at 8 pm, films will start at dusk at around 9. Please check our facebook page in case of rain. All ages welcome - see you there!
Art, Anomalies and Shadow Puppets; stop by for some hot cider!
Animated Curiosities Series
The program of short films is curated by award-winning animator Bryan Papciak and includes rarely seen marvels from Eastern Europe, Asia, Detroit … and a magical island. This is a free outdoor screening; feel free to bring a blanket or chair!
If you recently saw a strange, glowing apparition along the Detroit waterfront, chances are you encountered a phantom island. Probably a phantom island conjured by the Seafoam Palace. Blending local history with a dose of intraterrestrial fantasy, our event Islands of the Hollow Earth floated up an eastside canal as part of the Totems Arts Festival on August 5.
Narrative Fabrics: Intuitive Weaving
Weave a rich and textural narrative using scraps of fabric and chunky fibers, found objects, sticks, moss, hair, paper and string. In our intuitive weaving workshop, you can upcycle anything from old fabric or leftover crafting supplies to scrap metal and chains into fiber art. Whether your vision is wild and imperfect or rich and serene we can guide you. You'll learn how to make a simple loom out of a picture frame, stretcher bars, or a make a loomless weaving out of natural sticks or branches. We supply the loom materials, some yarn, fabric, fiber, moss, and small sticks. We will also have various bits of found treasure such as chains, rubber bands, old christmas decorations, and vintage stringy stuff. You bring any materials that speak to you and leave with a piece of fiber art.
Creepy, Halloween-Inspired Still-life Drawing Salon.
In a dark, dusty abandoned home, we will set up still lifes with objects both natural and unnatural, carefully curated from the Seafoam Palace vaults. Figure drawing enthusiasts, there's something for you too: Watch for special guests haunting the hallways. Bring your own drawing paper or sketchpads, pencils, charcoal or other supplies.
We can offer some direction and basic instruction of still-life and figure drawing fundamentals such as shape, shading and composition, but please note that this is an informal drawing session, not a class. No prior experience needed - everyone is welcome.
Our salon is hosted by artist Kim Couchot in Jefferson-Chalmers, Detroit. Address will be emailed to registered participants. Please dress for the weather as this location has no heat. Hot cider will be served.
Oddity Still Life Salon
See things differently? Do you want to? Join us for a free salon-style drawing workshop.
We will set up several still lifes with objects both natural and unnatural, carefully curated from the Seafoam Palace vaults.
Bring your own drawing paper or sketchpads, pencils, charcoal or other supplies. We can offer some direction and basic
instruction of still life drawing fundamentals such as shape and composition, but please note that this is an informal drawing
session, not a class. No prior experience needed - everyone is welcome.
Our salon is hosted by artist Kim Couchot in Jefferson Chalmers, Detroit
Space is limited and registration is required.
This is a free workshop but donations are accepted and appreciated.
Oddity and Fossil Boxes: Make your own curiosity display
Seafoam Palace presents a workshop for fossil hunters, botany lovers and collectors of rocks and trinkets. Whether found on your last expedition to Mazaghan or an archaeological dig in your own backyard, your souvenirs and prehistoric evidence can easily be displayed with supplies found around your house. In this two-hour class, you will learn how to arrange, label and create a box for your collection with glass, cardboard, fabric, tape and glue.
Bring a few rocks and minerals, petrified wood, calcite fossils, bones, feathers or any other small items you'd like to display - we'll supply the box materials and will have some extra curiosities on hand. Use your imagination to label your treasures or come prepared with scientific names that we can type on vintage paper for an historic look. After this class you will walk away with your own box and the skill to make more at home.
Our workshop is taught by artist Kim Couchot and hosted by the lovely Coffee and (___) in Jefferson Chalmers, with snacks and drinks available for purchase. Please pre-register since space is limited.
Suggested donation $10-20. Tickets of all prices available.